Lebanon’s president says Hezbollah part of Lebanese people

Hezbollah is allied with the Syrian government and Iran.

7 March 2019 | 18:10

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 March 2019 | 18:10

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer, Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, shakes hands with Britain's Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, at the presidential palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 7, 2019.(AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s president has spoken up in defense of the country’s militant Hezbollah group, telling a visiting British official that the group’s allegiances in the region do not affect internal Lebanese politics.

President Michel Aoun’s office quoted him as saying that Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese people and is represented in the Cabinet and parliament.

The comments by Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, came after his meeting with Britain’s Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt on Thursday.

Hezbollah is allied with the Syrian government and Iran.

Britain last week banned Hezbollah as a terrorist group, saying it’s destabilizing the Middle East. The U.S. also considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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